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School Advisory Council summit to be held Saturday

By Wendy Harris on Nov 1, 2012 01:30 PM

There has been a push from a coalition of community groups to spread School Advisory Councils (SACs) to more District schools. On Saturday, Nov. 3, community members will join SAC teams, parents, students, and others interested in serving on one of the councils for an SAC Summit.

The summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin High School, with a continental breakfast and registration beginning at 8 a.m. Participants can take part in a number of workshops covering topics such as parent recruitment and retention, facilitating an effective meeting, understanding school data, and teamwork, inclusion and conflict resolution.

School Advisory Councils, a part of a school’s overall leadership structure, are made up of peer-elected representatives from various stakeholder groups at a school. SACs were created to involve parents, community members, staff, and students in a school’s decision-making process.

Claudia Averette, deputy chief for the District’s Office of Parent, Family, and Community Services, has been working with community groups about the expansion of SACs. She said that the goal this year is to have SACs at the 73 full autonomy schools. These are schools that, according to Chief Academic Officer Penny Nixon, have “had consistent leadership for the past two years and have either improved the School Performance Index score or met Adequate Yearly Progress.”

Currently, there are 38 SACs, not counting Renaissance Charters, and by 2015-16, Averette said, she expects to have working SACs in all District schools.


To register for the summit, visit www.philasd.org/sac or call 215-400-4180 to RSVP. Advance registration is required.

 

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Comments (8)

Submitted by Veteran of the WPHS "Renaissance" (not verified) on November 2, 2012 12:24 am
Have I just missed this, or are they calling for a summit 2 days before it is scheduled?
Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on November 2, 2012 4:31 am
That's what it looks like - which means those who will attend already know about it. This is another attempt to look like the School District is involving families but the leadership is determining which families.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 2, 2012 12:05 pm
Parents, in recent years, have often been used as pawns in the power games of those who seek to gain off of the backs of schoolchildren.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 10, 2012 10:25 pm
For those who are commenting that the event was advertised two days before the event date is absolutely false. The summit flyer has been blasted to all principals district-wide, there was an auto dialer message to homes, the flyer was physically distributed, etc. So, if you are just receiving notice, perhaps you should check the method you receive information. So over negative people blasting the district. They appear to be doing the best they can with zero resources. Get it together and stop whining. Who has time to individually select families? Such an absent minded statement.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 10, 2012 10:33 pm
For those who are commenting that the event was advertised two days before the event date is absolutely false. The summit flyer has been blasted to all principals district-wide, there was an auto dialer message to homes, the flyer was physically distributed, etc. So, if you are just receiving notice, perhaps you should check the method in which you receive information. -So over negative people blasting the district. They appear to be doing the best they can with zero resources. Get it together and stop whining. Who has time to individually select families? Such an absent minded statement.
Submitted by Brian Nguyen (not verified) on November 16, 2012 4:56 am
Get it together and stop whining. Who has time to individually select families? Such an absent minded statement.
Submitted by <a href='http://thiswayplease.com/'>hot asians</a> (not verified) on December 20, 2012 8:29 pm
god ces. Get it together and stop whining. Who has time to individually select families? Such an absent minded statement.
Submitted by Bibo (not verified) on January 15, 2013 5:29 am
I'm looking forward to that

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